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Cassandra Darke, by Posy Simmonds
Posy Simmonds

In this graphic novel a dislikeable heroine is forced out of her rich enclave and onto the streets. Not those local London streets paved with gold and lit with festive glitter, but grimmer, darker places, where she must make the choice between self-sacrifice and running for her life.

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From the ashes, by Jesse Thistle
Jesse Thistle

 In this heartwarming and heartbreaking memoir, Jesse Thistle writes honestly and fearlessly about his painful experiences with abuse, uncovering the truth about his parents, and how he found his way back into the circle of his Indigenous culture and family through education. An eloquent exploration of what it means to live in a world surrounded by prejudice and racism and to be cast adrift.

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Imagine Me Gone, by Adam Haslett
Adam Haslett

When Margaret's fiancé, John, is hospitalized for depression, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans, or back away from the suffering it may bring her. She decides to marry him. What follows is the unforgettable story of what unfolds from this act of love and faith. At the heart of it is their eldest son, Michael, a brilliant, anxious music fanatic, and the story of how his younger siblings struggle along with their mother to care for Michael's increasingly troubled existence.

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In the dream house: a memoir, by Carmen Maria Machado
Carmen Maria Machado

The author's account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.

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Cherry, by Nico Walker
Nico Walker

This breakneck-paced debut novel about love, war, bank robberies, and heroin marks the arrival of a raw, bleakly hilarious, and surprisingly poignant voice straight from the dark heart of America.

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The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, by Neil Martinez-Belkin
Neil Martinez-Belkin

Gucci Mane began writing his memoir in a maximum-security federal prison. Released in 2016, he emerged radically transformed. He was sober, smiling, focused, and positive – a far cry from the Gucci Mane of years past.  His name was made as a drug dealer first, rapper second. His mixtapes and street anthems helped pioneer the sound of trap music. He inspired and mentored a new generation of artists and producers. But Gucci Mane has changed, and he's decided to tell his story. He reflects on his career and in the process confronts his dark past – years behind bars, the murder charge, and drug addiction.

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 Antelope Woman, by Louise Erdrich
Louise Erdrich

This book ingeniously illuminates how history affects the contemporary descendants of  families who are the products of two cultures, Ojibwe and white, which sit in uneasy relationship to one another. This remarkable updated edition of award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich's 1998 novel now features fascinating new content, a new title, new cover art, and a new introductory note from the author.

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Every tool's a hammer, by Adam Savage
Adam Savage

Through stories from forty-plus years of making and molding, building and breaking, along with the lessons the author learned along the way, this book is meant to be a toolbox of problem solving, complete with a shop's worth of notes on the tools, techniques, and materials that he uses most often.  Savage hopes his book inspires you to build, make, invent, explore, and – most of all – enjoy the thrills of being a creator.

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Two for the Road, by Roddy Doyle
Roddy Doyle

Another round of two pints from the ever-brilliant, always hilarious imagination of Roddy Doyle. Two men meet for a pint – or three –  in a Dublin pub. They chew the fat, set the world to rights and mourn friends gone: David Bowie, Prince, Princess Leia and Young Frankenstein. Around them the world of Brexit, Trump, and referendums storm, but some things – good things – never change.

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A song for you, by Robyn Crawford
Robyn Crawford

Whitney Houston's best friend opens up in a new memoir with warmth, candor, and an impressive recall of detail, describing how the two met as teenagers in the 1980s. Deeply personal and heartfelt, this book is the vital, honest, and previously untold story that provides an understanding of the complex life of Whitney Houston. Finally, the person who knew her best sets the record straight.

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Good Talk: a memoir in conversations, by Mira Jacob
Mira Jacob

Like many six-year-olds, Mira's son has questions about everything. At first they are innocuous enough, but as tensions from the 2016 election spread from the media into his own family, they become much more complicated. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where she's gotten her own answers. Written with humor and vulnerability, this deeply relatable graphic memoir is a love letter to the art of conversation – and to the hope that hovers in our most difficult questions.

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The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone By, by Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman

In Book 1 of this graphic novel series, police officer Rick Grimes is shot on the job and wakes up a month later to find that the world that he knows is gone. Zombies have taken over and are killing and eating those who are still alive. He sets out toward Atlanta in the hope that his family is still alive and endures many horrors along the way.

Caliban and the witch, by Silvia Federici
Silvia Federici

A history of the body in the transition to capitalism. Moving from the peasant revolts of the late Middle Ages to the witch-hunts and the rise of mechanical philosophy, Federici investigates the capitalist rationalization of social reproduction. She shows how the battle against the rebel body and the conflict between body and mind are essential conditions for the development of labor power and self-ownership, two central principles of modern social organization.

The Children Act, by Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan

A High Court judge in London presides over a complex case in family court involving a 17-year-old boy whose parents will not permit a lifesaving blood transfusion because it conflicts with their religious beliefs.  But the pressure to resolve the case tests the judge in ways that will keep readers thoroughly enthralled until the last stunning page.

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Sodom Road Exit, by Amber Dawn
Amber Dawn

It's the summer of 1990, and Crystal Beach in Ontario has lost its beloved, long-running amusement park, leaving the lakeside village a virtual ghost town. It is back to this fallen community that Bailey Martin must return to live with her overbearing mother after dropping out of university and racking up significant debt. But an economic downturn, mother-daughter drama, and Generation X disillusionment soon prove to be the least of Bailey's troubles: a mysterious and salacious force begins to dog her and soon enough, Bailey must confront the unresolved traumas that haunt Crystal Beach. 

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Nîtisânak, by Lindsay Nixon
Lindsay Nixon

A groundbreaking memoir spanning nations, prairie punk scenes, and queer love stories. It also explores despair and healing through community and family, and being torn apart by the same. Using cyclical narrative techniques and drawing on Nixon's Cree, Saulteaux, and Métis ancestral teachings, this work offers a compelling perspective on the connections that must be broken and the ones that heal.

This Accident of Being Lost, by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

A knife-sharp new collection of stories and songs from an award-winning Nishnaabeg storyteller and writer. Blending elements of science fiction, contemporary realism, and the lyric voice, these visionary pieces argue for the value of getting lost as a way to discover an inner strength more important than being found.

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Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family, by Priya Krishna
Priya Krishna

A young food writer's witty and irresistible celebration of her mom's Indian-ish cooking; with accessible and innovative Indian-American recipes.

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Because internet, by Gretchen McCullough
Gretchen McCullough

A linguistically informed look at how our digital world is transforming the English language. This book is essential reading for anyone who's ever puzzled over how to punctuate a text message or wondered where memes come from. It's the perfect book for understanding how the internet is changing the English language, why that's a good thing, and what our online interactions reveal about who we are.

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Crow winter, by Karen McBride
Karen McBride

Since coming home to Spirit Bear Point First Nation, Hazel Ellis has been dreaming of an old crow. He tells her he's here to help her, save her. From what, exactly? Sure, her dad's been dead for almost two years and she hasn't quite reconciled that grief, but is that worth the time of an Algonquin demigod? Soon Hazel learns that there's more at play than just her own sadness and doubt. The quarry that's been lying unsullied for over a century on her father's property is stirring the old magic that crosses the boundaries between this world and the next. With the aid of Nanabush, Hazel must unravel a web of deceit that, if left untouched, could destroy her family and her home on both sides of the Medicine Wheel.

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Found Audio, by N.J. Campbell
N.J. Campbell

A manuscript narrative of sound historian Amrapali Anna Singh who found herself in receipt of a strange set of audio tapes that originated in the Argentinian national research library. The tapes are the recorded narrative of a nameless travel journalist who explains his long quest for “the city of dreams,” an authentic experience of otherworldly extremity-in-place. But who is making the recordings and why does everyone who seeks to publicize the tapes suddenly go missing?

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New Minimalism, by Cary Telander Fortin
Cary Telander Fortin

The decluttering craze meets a passion for sustainable living and interior design in this gorgeous new book for readers of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

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The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead
Colson Whitehead

In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

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How to Do Nothing, by Jenny Odell
Jenny Odell

When the technologies we use every day collapse our experiences into 24/7 availability, platforms for personal branding, and products to be monetized, nothing can be quite so radical as doing nothing. Here, Jenny Odell sends up a flare from the heart of Silicon Valley, delivering an action plan to resist capitalist narratives of productivity and techno-determinism, and to become more meaningfully connected in the process.

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Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home, by Nora Krug
Nora Krug

A graphic memoir by an award-winning artist tells the story of her attempt to confront the hidden truths of her family's wartime past in Nazi Germany and to comprehend the forces that have shaped her life, her generation and history.

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